Becoming a trainee at Bird & Bird is the first step to fulfilling your potential and shaping your long-term career. You’ll have responsibility from day one, working for stimulating clients across a range of sectors, in a number of practice areas. However, your relationship with us starts from the moment we make you an offer. We maintain a close relationship with you before starting, so the transition into your formal career is as smooth as possible.
You’ll experience four seats in different practice areas for 6-months each during your Training Contract, giving you a rich learning experience and development opportunities. You may also have the opportunity to experience an international or client secondment to enrich your learning.
Alongside your seat rotations, you’ll take part in a Learning & Development Programme which will provide the basic building blocks for your future development within the business of law. You can also get involved in Corporate Responsibility initiatives; help with Early Career Programmes; join our firm-wide sports teams; and become a member of our networks and socials.
There are 18 positions available each year.
Applying to Bird & Bird
Applications to our 2024 Direct Training Contract will open Friday 1 April 2022 and close Tuesday 31 May 2022. Please note, we recruit the majority of our future trainees from our Vacation Schemes and would, therefore, urge you to apply for that route. Whilst we do still offer a Direct Training Contract route, we will prioritise applications from career changers and those who are prevented from attending a Vacation Scheme for any other reason.
You’re eligible to apply if you can commence a Training Contract in 2024. This means you’ll be in your penultimate-year of a law degree, final-year of a non-law degree, or already graduated by Autumn 2022. If you’ve previously completed a Vacation Scheme with us, you must wait one recruitment year before re-applying.
For our Vacation Schemes and Training Contracts, the application process typically includes an online application form on Apply4Law, a psychometric test, a video interview, and an assessment centre. Once you have applied, you’ll receive a confirmation of your received application form. You’ll be notified if your application has been unsuccessful or receive an email regarding the next stage of the application at each stage.